The star striker will not take part in France’s opening match against Australia, according to reports in France.
France star Karim Benzema is expected to undergo a test after leaving training injured for Saturday’s World Cup opener against Australia.
The Real Madrid forward has been struggling with a thigh problem since October and has played less than half an hour of football in his club’s last six games.
The 34-year-old’s return to full training was limited by the injury and tests carried out later on Saturday to determine his condition and severity, a source close to Les Bleus told AFP.
L’Equipe reported that Benzema, this year’s Ballon d’Or winner, “will not take part in the first game” of France’s campaign and is in danger of not playing any games.
The sports newspaper reported that Benzema “felt muscle pain” in his left thigh during training.
It was Benzema’s first training session since Didier Deschamps’ players met in the French capital in Clairefontaine last Monday.
Under FIFA rules, Deschamps can call up an injured player until Monday, the evening of their first game against Australia.
Doubts over Benzema’s fitness are a major headache for Deschamps, who has already been stripped of the jobs of midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, second-half Mike Maignan, defender Presnel Kimpembe and striker Christopher Nkunku.
Benzema, who won the Ballon d’Or last month, has not played a game since October 19.
He and Raphael Varane trained apart from the rest of the squad on Thursday at the press conference at the Qatari champions’ home stadium, Al Sadd.
Manchester United full-back Varane has not played a game since coming off in tears against Chelsea on October 22.